School district reopening instructional plan

The School District of Arcadia would like to thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we navigate the ever-changing situation that this pandemic has brought. 

At this time, the School District of Arcadia will be returning to school on Thursday, August 27th face-to-face with protective measures being utilized. We are providing our families the option to opt-out of face-to-face instruction with parent elected remote learning. Parent elected remote learning survey will be sent August 4, 2020 and will close August 10th, 2020. Our students and staffs health and safety is at the forefront of our reopening and instructional plan.

FAQ's 20-21 School Year
UPDATED 8/26/2020
As you begin to learn and understand more about the plans to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 school year, we know and understand that there are many questions. We are working as fast as possible to create plans and provide as much information as we can given the ever-changing nature of our reality. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we create the best scenario we can! Please know that we will continue to add to this document and try to share as much information as we can. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions and we will be happy to add them to this FAQ document if appropriate.


  1. What is our actual open status for the start of school?  Our formal status for the opening of school will be Parent Elected Remote Learning, with you having the choice for your child to attend school if you feel it is in your child’s best interest.  While that may be confusing, due to COVID-19, the scientifically safest manner in which we can provide instruction is for students to attend remotely, but as stated, we fully understand that many children need to be in school for a multitude of reasons, so we have made arrangements and created plans to mitigate as much risk as we are able to and will do what we can to stay open for in person attendance at school.  This is a true choice model for parents and students as well as a very flexible model that can move between status changes quickly if necessary.
  2. Does Parent Elected Remote Learning with the option to attend mean you would prefer students to use the remote program if possible?  The simple answer is yes as statistics show there to be less risk of COVID-19 impacts with less people in the buildings, but again, we are offering the option of attending in person as we know the realities of all aspects of this pandemic and our overall community needs.  We simply expect all students attending in person to do what is asked of them.  We will require face covering for as long as they are necessary, we will provide as much social distancing as we are able to, we will build hand sanitizing into our daily routine even more than normal, and we will have significantly upgraded our overall environment to maintain as clean and sanitized environment as we are able, but we may not be able to meet all guidelines at all times.  Please use these concepts to make the best decision that you can make for your child.
  3. What is the first day of school? The first official day of school is September 1, 2020, but we are providing three transitional days with full operations, including bussing, instruction, and full foodservice starting Thursday, August 27, 2020.  
  4. What time can my child be dropped off or arrive at school in the morning? No students will be permitted to be dropped off prior to 7:30 AM.  Teachers will be available in their classrooms beginning at 7:30 AM for supervision.  
  5. What are the start and end times for the schools? The elementary school day will start at 7:55 AM.  Our middle and high schools' instructional day will begin at 8:15 AM. The elementary school will release the bus riders at 3:00 PM with the walkers and those being picked up by parents being released shortly thereafter (3:05-3:10).  The middle school and high school will release at 3:15 PM.  PLEASE NOTE: The instructional day on Wednesday will end at 2:20 PM at the elementary and at 2:35 at the middle school and high school.  Wednesdays will continue to be the Professional Learning Community teacher time after the student dismissal. 
  6. What can we do to get our children ready for the start of the school year? Here are some basic suggestions:
    • Speak positively about the start of the school and how it might be different, but we are able to get back to school.
    • If not already doing so, start having your child wear a face covering if they are planning to attend in person.  Pick out some regular activities that your child does and have them wear the face-covering during those times.
    • Please remember that school staff is doing the best they can to handle this entire situation.  There are very few answers and a great many opinions.  We have to operate on what we know and this information continues to change quickly.
    • If your child is planning to use Parent Elected Remote Learning, your child’s teacher or advisor will be contacting you about receiving your child’s learning device.
    • Begin to reestablish daily patterns for students regardless of the model you are choosing to start the year.
  7. Will we be able to change our enrollment status if our needs change after school has started? With this all being new and unknown to everyone, there will be a grace period during which you have the opportunity to switch your original choice of the method of learning for your child.  If you wish to choose to change the method of learning for your child, you must do this no later than the close of business on Friday, September 4, 2020.  If a major life event happens after September 4, 2020, that would require a change to your child’s method of learning, you will need to contact the appropriate principal to discuss.   We fully understand that both personal and family situations may change.  Moving from face-to-face learning to remote learning can be done very easily by making a call to the appropriate principal and discussing the reasons and the situation.  If moving from Parent Elected Remote Learning to face-to-face instruction, we will need a couple of days to make arrangements as we are creating as much space as we can in classrooms, etc. and may need to restructure rooms.  Each request after September 4, 2020, will be handled on a case-by-case basis and the need evaluated by the building principal.
  8. Will students and staff be required to wear face coverings? Yes, based on the current statewide order, students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while indoors with a few exceptions as stated in the order.  If/when the statewide order expires, our local policy will be to require face coverings  for those attending in person.  There may be times when appropriate social distancing allows coverings to be removed for short periods of time, but that will be governed by school staff.  
  9. Will students be required to wear face-coverings at bus stops?  While the district encourages students to wear face coverings while waiting for the bus, especially if they are in groups, the district does not have any control over or way to enforce this.  Parents are encouraged to speak with their child(ren) and set this as a parental expectation.
  10. Is the school going to provide face coverings for students? Yes.  Each student will be provided five face coverings to be used here at school.  We will be mailing one face covering to each student prior to the 1st day of school to be worn on the bus and to school on the first day.
  11. May my child wear his/her own face-covering? Yes. If your child has his/her own face-covering, he/she may wear that.  The face-covering must fully cover the mouth and nose and CANNOT be a bandana, as bandanas are open at the bottom.
  12. Is there a medical scenario that may allow students or staff to not wear face coverings?  Yes, for students or staff with specific medical issues the face covering requirement may be altered, but we will also exhaust all other protective options before a no covering situation would be allowed. Please be prepared to provide any medical records that will assist us. 
  13. What other safety measures have been implemented at school?  Hand sanitizer stations have been installed near all classrooms, throughout the hallways, and public spaces.  Hand washing will be implemented directly into daily routines, clear barriers will be used in some areas where distancing is not possible. Barriers will also be used in offices, some classrooms situations, etc.
  14. What will classrooms look like?  Extra furniture and many other non-instructional items have been removed from classrooms to allow as much distance as possible.  Most rugs have been removed to provide for easier cleaning.
  15. What will lunch look like?  Lunch will be a to go style system. Students will pick up their lunch from the cafeteria/commons and take it to classrooms or other designated areas to eat.  Lunches will be served on disposable trays and will be eaten using disposable utensils.  Once students obtain their lunch, we will use all available space to provide distancing as face coverings are not able to work when eating.  We will also be set up for eating outside anytime the weather allows us to provide more spacing.  Breakfast will be a grab and go style for grades PK-12.
  16. Will students be able to use microwaves at lunch time?  Yes. Microwaves will be available for student use during lunch. There will be sanitizer available near the microwave and each student is expected to sanitize their hands before they touch the microwave each time. Microwaves will also be wiped down between lunches.
  17. How will the parent elected remote learning system look? The remote system will allow for real-time, live-streamed, interactive audio and video to and from the classroom.  We feel this is the best way to provide authentic instruction and provide for social and emotional support for students that choose to not attend. 
  18. Will I need to have reliable internet access for my child to participate in Parent Elected Remote Learning?  Yes.  If you are choosing to have your child participate in the Parent Elected Remote Learning option, it is your responsibility to secure and have reliable internet access available in order for your child so that they may access the live-streamed instruction and any work provided on Google Classroom.

  19. How will materials get to students if we opt for a remote system?  The vast majority of assignments will be submitted electronically using Google Classroom.  For younger students there may be a slightly different system being used.  When that is fully determined that information will be communicated.
  20. If we have chosen Parent Elected Remote Learning will my child be able to participate in the school-provided lunch program?  Yes. The foodservice program is allowed to serve meals to students who have chosen Parent Elected Remote Learning.  They can be provided the meals for five days with one pick up between 12:15 and 1:00 PM on Wednesdays at the high school for all grade levels.  Students will pay for meals at the same rate as they would if they were in school.  If you are choosing to participate, you will need to contact your child’s school offices to sign up if they will be taking part in the program.  You MUST sign up if they are participating in the foodservice program.
  21. How will busing look if we are planning to send our children on the bus?  Busing will look somewhat similar to last year in terms of routes.  If you are using school provided busing, you will receive route assignments in the coming weeks.  Students will be required to sit in their assigned seat at all times and will be required to wear a face-covering at all times.  The most significant change is that there will only be one allowed pick-up location in the mornings and one designated drop-off location in the afternoons.
  22. When can we pick up Chromebooks for our children if we opt for the remote system?  Each student will be issued a Chromebook.  These will be handed out on the first day of allowed attendance (currently August 27) for students attending in person.  For students using the remote learning system, we will be contacting families to arrange for your student(s) to obtain his/her Chromebook.
  23. What will recess look like for the elementary school students that choose to attend in person?  Please refer to the Instructional Plan for the basic information, but specifically, play sets, swings and other equipment will be sanitized regularly (multiple times per day).  Students will be required to wear face coverings if appropriate distancing is not maintained or available. 
  24. If we choose parent elected remote learning and co-curriculars are allowed to take place, will my child be allowed to participate?  Yes, students who opt for school provided remote learning will remain eligible for co-curricular participation.
  25. Will co-curriculars take place this fall? 
    • Girl’s Golf practice started on Monday, August 17, 2020, and a match schedule has been tentatively set.  The season will conclude the week of October 12, 2020.
    • Boy’s Cross Country and Girl’s Cross Country started practice on Monday, August 17, 2020, and a meet schedule has been tentatively set.  The seasons will conclude the week of October 26, 2020.
    • Boy’s Soccer practice is set to begin on September 8, 2020.  A game schedule is still be determined.  If an adequate game schedule cannot be secured, the boys’ soccer season could be moved to the WIAA modified spring season.  The season will conclude the week of November 2, 2020.
    • Girl’s Volleyball practice is set to begin on September 8, 2020.  A match schedule with other Coulee Conference teams is being created and will be released as soon as it is complete.  The season will conclude the week of November 2, 2020.
    • Football WILL NOT be played this fall.  The football season has been moved to the spring season.  Practice for that modified spring season is set to begin on March 8, 2021, with the earliest allowed contest date being Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  The season is set to conclude the week of May 3, 2021.  A schedule will be created and released in the coming months, as we will be working with other local schools that have moved their football seasons to the spring to schedule games.
    • At this time, decisions are still being made about middle school sports.

  26. When will class lists be shared for the elementary school and class schedules be shared for the middle school and high school?  Class lists will be shared as soon as possible after the enrollment forms are completed.  We are continuing to make changes to balance all of the realities that we are able to in order to provide as safe of an environment as possible.
  27. What will the music program look like for in person and remote learning? 
    • Elementary music programs will be run in the music room and possibly outdoors when circumstances allow. Any shared equipment will be cleaned between uses.   Face-coverings will be worn unless students are outside and spaced appropriately.
    • Middle School music programs will be run in the auditorium and band room, possibly outdoors.   Instruments will be disinfected between uses.  Face-coverings will be worn unless students are outside or spaced appropriately.  Students will be working in small groups and MS will conduct one-to-one lessons if the schedule allows for it. 
    • High School choir classes will be held in the auditorium to allow for social distancing.  Students will also be wearing face-coverings while singing and rehearsals may be shortened and modified as needed.  Band will be held in the band classroom.  Instrument coverings will be provided and, when practical, face-coverings will be worn.  In addition, students will be socially distanced to the greatest extent practical.  For both band and choir, rehearsal may be held outside when weather permits.
    • We continue to use research and guidance from state and national music organizations to guide our plans which undoubtedly will change throughout this year. 
  28. Will there be a Raider's ARK / After-School program this year?  Yes,  as with many things, we are still identifying what is possible, but we will have a program this year.  If allowable and advisable, it will be in person, but if not, we will provide remote programming. Programming will be available for grades K-5.
  29. Are there protocols in place or being worked on for if staff or students are exposed to someone believed to be or proven to be COVID-19 positive? Protocols are being finalized and will be in place prior to staff and students returning in person.  If a positive case is identified, we will be working with the Trempealeau County Health Department for guidance and protocols.  We will share as much information as we are able to share in the event that we have COVID-19 issues here at school, but there are restrictions on what can be shared related to personal information.
  30. Will the school be required to move to a mandatory remote learning status at some point during the year? Remote learning is scientifically the physically safest manner in which school can operate, but it does not meet the needs of all students.  We will continue to work with the county health department and we will continually evaluate the overall school environment to determine if moving to mandatory remote learning will be necessary.  We will remain open for students to attend unless an order is given by the state or county health departments to close or if we are unable to have enough available staff to properly supervise students. 
  31. Will other plans continue to change as the year progresses?  Yes, we will continue to monitor all available information to best meet the challenges we are facing this year.  We fully expect that some of the plans we have in place will require changes as we move forward.  Some situations may require a more restrictive approach while others will allow for greater freedom and flexibility.  To the extent possible, we will attempt to keep everyone updated as changes occur.  Simply, if things are not going well, we will fix them.  If we are not able to properly and practically mitigate risk, or the realities of the pandemic change in a negative manner, we will move to a mandatory remote learning environment as quickly as necessary.  Conversely, if we are able to, based on scientific and medical evidence, move toward a system more similar to the Fall of 2019, we will do so cautiously and slowly.  


Thank you again for your continued concern for your children and please do not hesitate to reach out with additional questions.  This is, as you all know, a complex situation with many moving parts, but we will do our absolute best to meet as many challenges as we are able to.

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